December 2014 ASMBS Advocacy Report

Posted 12/20/2014

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

Member groups of the Obesity Care Continuum joined with the Campaign to End Obesity and the Medicare Part D Coalition in meeting with members of President Obama’s Domestic Policy Council to discuss the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) — legislation that would provide Medicare recipients and their health care providers with meaningful tools to treat and reduce obesity by improving access to obesity screening and counseling…

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September-October ASMBS Advocacy Report

Posted 9/19/2014

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

During mid-September, both the House and Senate went into recess so that legislators could return home to campaign for November elections. As such, there will be little formal legislative activity until late November when a likely lame-duck session will convene.

Earlier in the year, the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued specific guidance to both Multi-State Health Plans and Federal Employee Health Benefit Program carriers regarding…

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August 2014 ASMBS Activity Report

Posted 8/19/2014

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

In late July, Representatives Johnson (D-TX) and Blumenauer (D-OR) circulated a Dear Colleague and sign-on letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Burwell to all House members. This letter urges HHS to utilize the same strategy recently employed by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) with health insurers that provide care through Multi-State Health Plans (MSHPs) and the Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) Program. OPM recently…

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July 2014 ASMBS Activity Report

Posted 7/31/2014

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

On July 29 and 30, 2014, the Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) ran a full page color ad in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call to highlight the new AMA HOD policy — “supporting patient access to the full continuum of care of evidence-based obesity treatment modalities such as behavioral, pharmaceutical, psychosocial, nutritional, and surgical interventions.”

ASMBS provided all the funding for the Roll Call ad and worked…

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New Advocacy Tool Kit Helps ASMBS State Chapters and Members Improve Patient Access

Posted 7/19/2014

The ASMBS is calling on members and state chapters to join the fight for greater patient access to metabolic and bariatric surgery, and is providing downloadable tools to help them do that.

“No one can afford to sit this one out,” said Ninh T. Nguyen, MD, president of the ASMBS “Bariatric and metabolic surgery is significantly underutilized and everyone, from individuals to organizations, has a responsibility to help tear down the barriers to treatment.”

On…

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Integrated Health Professional Education Committee Spotlight

Posted 6/19/2014

The mission of the Integrated Health Professional Education Committee is to promote and support development of accredited post-professional education programs with the goal of improving the multidisciplinary care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases. As an advocate for education advancement, the committee works to identify needs, professional gaps and barriers IH professionals face, and develop programs that enhance the skills, clinical practices, knowledge and research endeavors of metabolic and bariatric surgery professionals….

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June 2014 ASMBS Activity Report

Posted 6/19/2014

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

On June 11, 2014, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted formal policy supporting “patient access to the full continuum of care of evidence-based obesity treatment modalities such as behavioral, pharmaceutical, psychosocial, nutritional, and surgical interventions.”

The new policy came about from a joint effort of ASMBS and the American College of Surgeons (ACS), who offered a resolution during this year’s AMA House of Delegates meeting supporting coverage…

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A.M.A. Passes Resolution Calling for Greater Patient Access to Evidence-Based Treatments for Obesity

Posted 6/13/2014

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) believes passage of the “Patient Access to Evidence-Based Obesity Services” resolution by the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest physician group, will help in the fight to improve patient access to evidence-based obesity treatments including intensive behavioral counseling, FDA-approved obesity drugs and bariatric and metabolic surgery.

Currently, only 22 of 50 states have bariatric surgery listed as a covered benefit within the Affordable Care Act…

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Announcing the Release of MBSAQIP Standards

Posted 5/19/2014

We are pleased to announce the release of the ACS/ASMBS standards for the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). We appreciate the time and consideration you gave in reviewing and commenting on the standards as we worked to develop the guiding document for our joint accreditation program.  The ASMBS strongly believes in the value of accreditation in metabolic and bariatric surgery and looks forward to continued advances of this accreditation program as…

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MBSAQIP – Applications Now Being Accepted in the Unified Accreditation Program

Posted 5/19/2014

The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted in the unified accreditation program between the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) as outlined in the Resource Manual Optimal Care for the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014 standards document. 

New centers (not currently participating in the MBSAQIP) seeking status as a MBSAQIP Accredited…

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